The 2015 International Trials Conference will be held Aug. 24-27 in conjunction with the Farwest Show in Portland, OR, according to a news release. The conference focuses on the latest research and techniques for trialing annual, perennial and woody plants and the list of scheduled speakers and stops for trial garden and nursery tours has been announced. Bus tours during the conference will showcase premier trial garden sites and nurseries in the heart of Oregon’s... Read more
By Cheryl Overland With the county fair only weeks after the annual Hy-Vee companywide rose sale, we decided to use the fair as our store’s theme to promote the corporate rose sale. When picturing the fair, all I could think about were award ribbons on crafts and animals and 4-H projects. The idea of the Floral Hall with award ribbons ran through my head. The top award is always the grand champion and of course our roses are grand champion quality, so this is... Read more
The American Floral Endowment has approved more than $310,000 in scientific research project funding for 2015-16 to support six continuing projects and five new projects, according to a news release. “These projects will directly benefit the entire industry by providing information on production of insect and disease free plants and details of Botrytis infection on floral crops,” said Terril Nell, research coordinator at AFE, in the release. The grants for plant... Read more
Por La Mar Nursery, located in Santa Barbara, CA, is the first potted plant grower to earn the Certified American Grown branding, according to a news release. Participating farms in the program are certified by Made in USA Certified Inc., an independent third-party agency, through a supply chain audit process. Por La Mar Nursery has been family owned and operated since 1972 and it services most major supermarkets, wholesale distributors and home and garden centers.... Read more
Prince & Prince, a market research organization focused on the floral and green plant industries, will be releasing selected highlights of their consumer floral research at Cultivate ’15 on July 12 in Columbus, OH, according to a news release. In the presentation, “Six Key Factors Driving Your Customers to Buy,” P&P will highlight six key performances of floral businesses that most drive customer satisfaction and floral purchasing. P&P has focused... Read more
As part of its mission to get flowers from the field to consumers, the California Association of Flower Growers and Shippers will host its biannual Fun ‘N Sun convention July 29-Aug. 1 in Monterey, CA, according to a news release. The event, attended by California and regional growers, transportation and service providers, florists and designers, offers educational sessions and the California Flower Fair, which will feature thousands of different kinds of locally... Read more
What’s the future of the retail industry? Everything about it is changing and changing fast. AmericanHort will unveil “SHIFT: An AmericanHort Initiative” in the Cultivate ’15 Retail District during the all-industry horticulture-floriculture expo and convention July 11-14 in Columbus, OH. At SHIFT Live, attendees can walk through an explanation of industry research and interact with the researchers themselves, according to a news release. Research will come to life... Read more
Floral industry honors fallen soldiers with Memorial Day Flowers program
Hundreds of volunteers, including Boy Scouts, firefighters, florists and other supporters, joined together for the fifth consecutive Memorial Day to honor the nation’s fallen heroes by placing over 120,000 roses on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Robin Penaherrera, founder of the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, told The Produce News that the Arlington event had many more sponsors this year.the Stephen Armellini, president at Armellini Express Lines in Palm... Read more
Hette Spek, former leader of Jan Spek Rozen B.V. in the Netherlands, passed away on May 29 at the age of 72. The family business was founded by Jan Spek in 1890 and is one of the older rose companies in the world. The company website published the following announcement: “Sad, but thankful for everything he has done for us. We inform you that after a difficult period of declining health, Hette Sybren Spek has passed away.” Those wishing to send their condolences... Read more
AmericanHort announced that it would host a tour this fall of growing facilities in the Minneapolis region, according to a news release. The Field & Covered Production Tour, Sept. 15-16, will combine classroom education and tours of nursery operations. Tour stops include Bailey Nurseries, Bachman’s Nursery Wholesale Center, Gertens Greenhouses & Garden Center and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Bailey Nurseries in Newport, MN, is recognized as one... Read more
Cut flower growing:  Holland vs. California
In early June I took a trip to Holland with six other California growers to attend the Dutch Lily Days. It was a great trip for me to see what is new in lilies and gerbera daisies and tour some of the most technologically modern greenhouses in the world. I reflected a lot on the difference between Dutch and California cut flower growing. I believe the one thing we have in common is a desire to be profitable. After that, there is a big difference in how we each go... Read more
Celebrating its 50th year, the Fresh Produce & Floral Council invites you to “get to work on your business goals” at the 2015 Southern California Expo July 14 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the newest innovations and the latest consumer trends at one of the larger floral shows on the West Coast, according to a news release. The keynote awards breakfast at 8 a.m. will feature a question and answer session with... Read more
Bloomaker celebrates end of expansion project
Bloomaker USA held a gala May 15 in its newly constructed greenhouse facility in Waynesboro, VA, in celebration of its expansion project completion, according to a news release. Several state and local dignitaries including U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-6), Carolyn Bragg, vice chair of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, and Virginia state Delegate Richard Bell conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offered speeches to open the evening’s events, which included... Read more
Merchandising Awards of  Excellence presented at IFE
The Merchandising Awards of Excellence, sponsored by Borgen Systems and Super Floral magazine, were presented June 8 at the 2015 International Floriculture Expo in Chicago. Since 1998, supermarket floral departments from around the nation have entered yearly photos of their displays, which are judged by a panel from Super Floral. There are four honor award recipients in the categories of Best Color Harmony, Best Signage, Best Cross Merchandising and Best Theme Development.... Read more
McCormick Place in Chicago filled with energy at 2015 IFE
Whenever a group of floral industry professionals gather together there is always a lot of energy, and on June 8-10 when over 1,300 attended the International Floriculture Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, the creative energy and enthusiasm were palpable. Hundreds of companies like 1-800-Flowers, Ahold, Albertson’s, Associated Wholesale Grocers, FTD, Publix, ProFlowers, Wegmans and Target attended the event to see the latest product innovations, network with existing... Read more
In only a few days the Fourth of July will be upon us, and you will have officially survived the 2015 spring holidays. So now what? Is it time to kick back, go fishing and recover while waiting for the fall holidays? Nope. The business year isn’t over and there is still a lot of flower business waiting to be captured during the summer months — you just need to be creative to do it. Many supermarket floral centers take advantage of the heavy rose production and... Read more
MINNEAPOLIS — For the 32nd year, Friends of the Institute presented Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, here, April 30-May 3 and it had a record-breaking attendance of over 41,000 visitors. More than 150 fresh floral arrangements by 160 pedestal artists/designers and 19 commercial florists interpreted diverse works of timeless art in the museum’s collection. “The opportunity for SpartanNash to be a part of this event is very rewarding,” Sue DeMuth,... Read more
New Ornamental Crops & The eighth International Symposium on New Ornamental Crops, the 12th International Protea Research Symposium and the 17th International Protea Association Conference will be held Aug. 20-24 in Perth, Australia, according to a news release. The conference will provide a forum for researchers from around the globe to present current research on Proteaceous species and related plants, and the latest research focused on developing new ornamental... Read more
The board of directors of Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. announced in a news release the appointment of Andrew Morse as executive director effective June 28, 2015. Morse originally joined FCO in September 2011 as the plant health coordinator, progressing to plant health and international trade manager, and since the beginning of this year he’s held the position of managing director. A 2009 graduate of the masters of science program in environmental iology at the... Read more
Meijer, a regional supermarket chain with corporate headquarters in Walker, MI, announced hat it is partnering with Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts-MiracleGro in a pilot program to open 27 garden centers in existing Meijer stores across the Midwest, including 11 in Michigan. The Garden Marketplace, located inside Meijer’s seasonal department, will feature a variety of Scotts-MiracleGro and Meijer brand products. “We know the average homeowner spends four hours... Read more